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6 things to know before buying identity-theft protection
Thinking about paying for a service that offers identity-theft protection? Know these six things first. More...
Comparing pro sports leagues' credit cards
Credit card issuers are offering something for every sports fan. It's fine to root, root, root for the home team, but if they don't offer a credit card with decent terms, it's a shame. More...
3 tips for using credit card price protection
Price protection is a little-known credit card perk that could save you hundreds of dollars. But you have to know how it works to take advantage. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Report ID theft, even if card was never used
If a credit card account was fraudulently opened, it's a crime, even if it wasn't used. More...
Cashing In by Tony Mecia
5 questions for picking a rewards card -- and 1 that shouldn't matter
The APR won't matter if you pay your balance monthly. After that, consider these factors. More...
‘Credit Wise’ by Kevin Weeks
Canceling card doesn't wipe out recurring service charges
Once you allow recurring charges, canceling a card won't erase your obligation to pay. More...
TAKING CHARGE Blog
Rate Report
Get a call from a debt collector? Don't panic
If you know you're up-to-date on all your payments, getting a call from a debt collector shouldn't cause panic. As long as you have proof in your records and stay calm, you should be fine. More...
Chip tips: 4 ways to improve foreign trips with EMV cards
With a switch underway in the U.S. to replace magnetic stripes with EMV chips, many are worried their cards won't work overseas. Based on a trip to Europe, I can tell you those concerns are overblown, writes Tony Mecia. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 7/9/2015
National Average
15.00%
Low Interest
11.62%
Balance transfer
14.12%
Business
12.85%
Student
13.14%
Cash Back
15.27%
Reward
15.14%
Airline
15.10%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Instant Approval
18.00%